Basketball

December 11, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 9: His Name is Luka Edition: There are six national NBA games this week, beginning Wednesday night on ESPN when the first-place Thunder visit the Pelicans and ending Friday when they visit the Nuggets. In the Pace Mannion, I won the week and expanded my lead to 19, doing my best impression of a Slovenian in crunch time. NoMich ascends to second at 203 and Howard_T third at 199. Make your picks.

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December 04, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 8: Don Knobler Edition: There are six national NBA games this week in the usual ESPN-TNT-ESPN pattern. The first tips off Wednesday night when Philly visits Toronto. We'll know a lot about the 17-8 Sixers after their two games, both on the road against hot teams that are conference title contenders. In the Pace Mannion, Florida Man is still in first, but Ufez has narrowed the lead to 14 and NoMich is in third. Howard_T wins the week with 30. Make your picks and never throw a hard bounce pass at this guy, even when he insults your mother.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:36 AM - 7 comments

November 29, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 7: Dončič Means 'Nowitzki' in German: The national slate of NBA games begins late this week. There are just two games tonight on TNT and two more tomorrow on ESPN. The top three stay the same in the Pace Mannion as all three of us scored 15. Make your picks and take a Luca at this highlight reel.

posted by rcade to basketball at 01:00 PM - 11 comments

November 21, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 6: Vince Carter Edition: There are only two nationally televised NBA games this week, both tonight on ESPN with a Lakers/Cavs and Thunder/Warriors doubleheader. I continue to lead the contest I am running, Georgia style, with NoMich nine back and Ufez 19 back. The three of us won the week with 34 points -- and Ufez and I got the same score on the same games. Make your picks as the NBA's oldest player needs just 13 points tonight to become the 22nd member of the 25,000-point club.

posted by rcade to basketball at 12:28 PM - 6 comments

November 14, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 5: Tyson's Mighty Beard Edition: There are six national games on the NBA schedule this week, beginning tonight on ESPN with Pelicans/Timberwolves. There was absolute carnage in the Pace Mannion the past week, survived only by Ufez Jones with a week-winning 24. I'm in first at 122, NoMich in second at 111 and Ufez climbs into third at 103. Make your picks and savor the follicular might of the newest Laker.

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November 07, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 4: Unwritten Rules of Basketball Edition:: There's a light schedule of five games this week, starting with the Sixers and Pacers tonight on ESPN. In the Pace Mannion Pick 'Em, I ascend to first place, 11 points ahead of NoMich and 12 of Howard_T. Tron7 wins the week with 52, going 6-of-6 with two dunks. Make your picks and don't piss off Kyrie Irving in the final seconds of a decided game.

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:58 AM - 10 comments

October 31, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: Houston We Have a Problem Edition: There are six national NBA games this week, beginning tonight on ESPN with Pacers/Knicks. In the Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Scooby10672 takes the lead with 83 and a week-best 48. Howard_T is in second at 81 and I fall to third at 76. Make your picks and ponder the fate of the 1-5 Houston Rockets.

posted by rcade to basketball at 03:04 PM - 11 comments

October 24, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 2: Rondo Expectorant Edition: There are only four national NBA games on the tube this week, beginning with my Dallas Mavericks on the road against the Atlanta Hawks. The Pace Mannion leader out of the gate is (drum roll please) me! Howard_T is 6 back in second and GoYouColts and NoMich are 17 back in third. Make your picks and pour one for Rondo citrus soda, a drink brand that fortunately went out of business three decades before "Rondo hocks a loogie" became a sports headline.

posted by rcade to basketball at 05:02 PM - 13 comments

What the Hell Happened to Darius Miles? : Written by Darius Miles, edited by Quentin Richardson -- Dudes like me ain’t supposed to talk about this type of stuff. I’m about to tell you some real shit. Things I haven’t told anybody. But first, we gotta go back in time. We gotta go back to when the NBA was still the NBA. Way back when I had the pager with the two-way alert. I’m about to tell you the most Y2K story ever. I’m about to tell you how I almost died at Alonzo Mourning’s crib in the year 2000 on some dumb shit.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 11:48 AM - 3 comments

October 16, 2018

Enter the SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em: The Pace Mannion is back. Pick the winner and spread of the nationally televised NBA games this season on TNT, ESPN and ABC. Lock as many games as you like to double your points in victory or lose points in defeat. First prize this season is an official NBA game ball.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:10 AM - 16 comments

October 13, 2018

Last Chance to Join Boozer's Bad Hair Day: SportsFilter's Fantasy Basketball League on ESPN needs two more owners. It's free and drafts tomorrow at 9 p.m. Eastern. Scoring is head to head in nine categories. Use the link to join.

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October 04, 2018

Join SportsFilter's New Fantasy Basketball League: The NBA season opens in 12 days. SportsFilter is starting a new ESPN Fantasy Basketball league, Boozer's Bad Hair Day, that drafts on the last Sunday night before opening night. Scoring is head-to-head category, which means you compete against another player each week in nine categories: field goal percentage, free throw percentage, three pointers made, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, personal fouls and points. Use the link to reserve a team.

posted by rcade to basketball at 01:39 PM - 4 comments

August 10, 2018

Gilbert Arenas vs. Javaris Crittenton: Inside the Gambling Showdown That Rocked the NBA. Jon Gold gets a lesson in Boo-Ray from several NBA Players and the story from Agent Zero himself on the infamous 2009 locker room showdown between Arenas and Crittenton that left both players with season-ending suspensions.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 01:51 PM - 5 comments

August 01, 2018

NBA signs deal with MGM to be gaming partner:
On Tuesday, commissioner Adam Silver announced that the league struck a deal that makes MGM Resorts the exclusive official gaming partner of the NBA and WNBA. MGM also receives the rights to use league highlights, logos and a direct data feed from the NBA that will be used to help fuel the company's growing sports betting footprint.

Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated speculates how the NBA/WNBA and their players gain from this deal.


posted by NoMich to basketball at 07:07 AM - 5 comments

July 22, 2018

TBT Announces Elam Ending to Be Used in All TBT2018 Games: First implemented during TBT’s play-in round in 2017, the “Elam Ending” – designed by Mensa member and basketball super fan Dr. Nick Elam – eliminates deliberate fouling at the end of games, ensures the final minutes are played at the same pace and flow as the rest of the game, and guarantees every game ends on a made basket. Under the rule, at the first dead ball after the four minute mark in the fourth quarter, the game clock shuts off. A Target Score is set by adding seven to the leading team’s score. The first team to reach the Target Score wins.

posted by bender to basketball at 04:14 PM - 6 comments

July 18, 2018

Toronto Raptors trade DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio for Kawhi Leonard: DeMar DeRozan, the kid from Compton, Calif. who once professed “I am Toronto,” is no longer a Raptor. The team’s longest serving and most successful player, who morphed from a shy teenager drafted by the Toronto Raptors into a four-time NBA all-star, is part of a franchise-altering trade for disgruntled San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard.

posted by tommytrump to basketball at 11:55 AM - 9 comments

July 01, 2018

LeBron Joins Los Angeles Lakers: LeBron James will never get beaten again in the NBA Finals by the Golden State Warriors. He's agreed to a four-year, $154 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. The lowercase-D decision was announced by a short tweet from his agency Klutch Sports. His move follows four years in Cleveland where he made four NBA Finals and won one championship and four years in Miami where he made four more and won two championships. The Lakers haven't made the playoffs at all for five years.

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June 09, 2018

May 31, 2018

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: The Finals: The NBA Finals begin tonight when the Cleveland Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors. (Where have I heard that before?) In the SportsFilter NBA Playoff Pick 'Em, NoMich scores 7 out of a possible 8 points and takes sole possession of first, with grum@work in second and Goyoucolts in third. Pick the NBA champion and the number of games played, plus eight bonus categories. The winner receives a notebook cover made out of NBA basketball leather.

posted by rcade to basketball at 08:00 AM - 9 comments

May 30, 2018

Collarred! The Curious Case of Colangelo's Accounts: The Ringer provides some fairly damning circumstantial evidence that the NBA's hand-picked Sam Hinkie replacement, Bryan Colangelo, has been using a series of anonymous Twitter accounts to bad-mouth, Hinkie, former coworkers and current Sixers players (including discussing unreleased medical information). Oh and he may have tipped his hand to the brilliant Fultz trade a few months early. And gotten into it with Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union for reasons that make very little sense (and probably aren't accurate).

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 10:09 AM - 3 comments

May 27, 2018

LeBron James Lifts Cavs to NBA Finals Over Celtics: The Cleveland Cavaliers have advanced to the NBA Finals, handing the Boston Celtics their first loss at home during these playoffs. LeBron James played the entire 48 in the 87-79 victory, scoring 35 with 15 rebounds and 9 assists. He reaches the Finals for an eighth straight season.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:03 PM - 12 comments

May 17, 2018

Come Watch the Warriors-Rockets Series With Us From an Expert’s Couch: I'm not a basketball fan because play seems so random, but this article and video clips made it make sense to an extent.

posted by rumple to basketball at 02:21 PM - 1 comment

May 16, 2018

The World's Oldest Basketball Court is in Canada: The world's oldest surviving basketball court is in a Canadian town of 4,400 people. The upper level of a former YMCA in St Stephen, New Brunswick, held a game of James Naismith's two-year-old sport on Oct. 17, 1893. The building's role in history was forgotten by 2010, when after a fire the owners lifted a carpet of an undamaged room and found a hardwood floor underneath. The court was 47 by 31 feet and there were heaters to dodge in the corners. "It's little wonder they didn't go flying out of the window," said local historian Darren McCabe.

posted by rcade to basketball at 02:25 PM - 3 comments

May 12, 2018

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round: The third round of the NBA playoffs begins Sunday at 3:30 p.m. when Cleveland plays Boston. A day later Golden State faces Houston. Pick the winner of each series, the number of games required and the top and bottom scorer in each series (total points, minimum 10 minutes played). In our contest, Goyoucolts and NoMich are tied for first with 22 each.

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:53 PM - 17 comments

April 28, 2018

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round: The second round of the NBA playoffs is beginning before the first round is over. The Pelicans play the Warriors tonight at 10:30 p.m. Eastern and the Jazz face the Rockets Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Pick the teams that will win each series (+1), the number of games it will require (+1) and the top scorer in the series. When the remaining first round games are over, do the same for the Raptors vs. the Cavs/Pacers winner and Sixers vs. Celtics/Bucks victor.

posted by rcade to basketball at 07:37 AM - 25 comments

April 13, 2018

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Saturday: The NBA playoffs begin Saturday at 3 p.m. Eastern. Pick the eight teams that will advance out of the first round and the number of games each series will require: Houston vs. Minnesota, Oklahoma City vs. Utah, Portland vs. New Orleans, Golden State vs. San Antonio, Toronto vs. Washington, Cleveland vs. Indiana, Philadelphia vs. Miami, Boston vs. Milwaukee. One extra point on winning picks for getting the number of games right. Another extra point for picking the top point scorer in each series (total points scored). Winner receives a notebook cover made out of NBA basketball leather.

posted by rcade to basketball at 07:14 PM - 10 comments

March 27, 2018

NBA Pick 'Em Week 24: Take the Shot Markelle Edition: Three weeks remain in SportsFilter's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em. The lead of NoMich has grown to 87 after a weekend of prognosticative carnage. GoYouColts wins a second straight week, scoring 21. There are 8 games on ESPN, TNT and ABC, beginning tonight. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 04:15 PM - 12 comments

March 21, 2018

NBA Pick 'Em Week 23: 140 to 79 Edition: With four weeks left in SportsFilter's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, NoMich is making us look like Memphis and has an 82-point lead. Goyoucolts wins the week with 84. There are five games on NBA TV to pick this week, beginning tonight with the Fried Chicken Globs visiting the Prestidigitators. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 12:43 PM - 7 comments

March 17, 2018

UMBC Beats Virginia in First 16-Over-1 Win Ever: The UMBC Retrievers beat the Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, becoming the first No. 16 seed to ever beat the No. 1 seed. The score wasn't even close: 74 to 54.

posted by rcade to basketball at 12:02 AM - 15 comments

March 14, 2018

NBA Pick 'Em Week 22: Home Stretch Edition: With five weeks left in SportsFilter's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, NoMich has a commanding 79-point lead. There are 8 games to pick from tonight through Monday. Good luck!

posted by rcade to basketball at 01:23 PM - 11 comments

March 05, 2018

NBA Pick 'Em Week 21: Placeholder Edition: Pay no attention to the man running the NBA Pick 'Em behind the curtain.

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February 28, 2018

NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: Send In The Tanks Edition: Eight games to pick this week, beginning with a doubleheader tonight on ESPN. Make your picks. NoMich takes a 35-point lead in first place over Howard_T at 485. I hold onto a distant third. Scooby and NoMich have the best week with 36. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 06:39 PM - 15 comments

February 27, 2018

LeBron James: NCAA is Corrupt: "I do know what five-star athletes bring to a campus, both in basketball and football. I know how much these college coaches get paid. I know how much these colleges are gaining off these kids. [......] Me and my mom was poor, I'll tell you that, and they expected me to step foot on a college campus and not to go to the NBA? We weren't going to be poor for long, I'll tell you that. That's a fact."

posted by rumple to basketball at 06:21 PM - 8 comments

February 21, 2018

NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: Coach Yourself Edition: There are seven national NBA games on the tube this week, beginning with two tonight on TNT and ending with two on ABC and ESPN on Sunday. In the Pace Mannion, NoMich expands a first-place lead to 31 by scoring 28 while everyone else was 11 or worse. Howard_T keeps second at 453 and I move into third. Remember when evaluating Golden State that the team is no longer coached by Steve Kerr.

posted by rcade to basketball at 05:03 PM - 15 comments

February 12, 2018

NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Break Up Cleveland Edition: There's a light schedule of national NBA games this week ahead of All Star Weekend, with five games beginning with Cavs/Thunder on TNT tomorrow. The Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em has a new leader, NoMich, who is 8 ahead of Howard_T and 23 over former leader Ufez Jones. NoMich wins the week too with 36. Make your picks and watch out for the new-look Cavaliers.

posted by rcade to basketball at 02:50 PM - 9 comments

February 08, 2018

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance: The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a protected first-round pick in 2018 to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance. Thomas only played 15 games for the Cavs. The trade gives the Lakers $46.9 million in cap room. But wait, there's more: The Cavs traded Dwyane Wade to the Miami Heat for a protected second-round pick and acquired Rodney Hood and George Hill in a three-way deal with the Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings, giving up Iman Shumpert and a 2020 second-round pick to the Kings and Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose from Cleveland to the Jazz.

posted by rcade to basketball at 01:42 PM - 19 comments

February 07, 2018

NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Take Cleveland Off TV Edition: There are 8 games in the Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em this week, starting with Timberwolves/Cavaliers tonight on ESPN. The NBA flexed its schedule to put new Piston Blake Griffin up against his old team Friday night on ESPN. In our contest, Ufez Jones holds the lead by just 6 points over NoMich and 9 over Howard_T. Scooby10672 wins the week with 52, hitting 5 of 6 locks. Make your picks and avert your eyes during the Cleveland games until LeBron says it's OK to watch them again.

posted by rcade to basketball at 12:00 PM - 14 comments

January 31, 2018

NBA Pick 'Em Week 16: Devin Booker Might Be Good Edition: There are eight NBA TV games to pick this week, beginning tonight with Knicks/Celtics. In the Pace Mannion, Ufez Jones keeps the lead at 416 with two new players in second and third: NoMich at 389 and Howard_T at 388. Howard_T wins the week with 78. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 05:22 PM - 12 comments

January 23, 2018

NBA Pick 'Em Week 15: 40/20/10 Edition: The NBA's TV week begins a day earlier than normal with two games on Tuesday -- Cavs/Spurs and Celtics/Lakers -- followed by seven more games. In the Pace Mannion, Ufez Jones now has a 27-point lead over me. NoMich wins a tough week with 23 as three other players posted negative scores. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:49 AM - 15 comments

January 17, 2018

NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: Jo Jo Edition: There's another big week of the NBA on TV, with eight national games beginning tonight with Lakers/Thunder on ESPN. In the Pace Mannion Pick 'Em, Ufez Jones leads by 3 points over me, 364 to 361. Scooby10672 wins the week with 60 and has caught the pack after joining the contest late. Make your selections in honor of the great Joseph Henry White.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:30 AM - 14 comments